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NACD Blog: Conservationists in Washington state host 10th annual Wounded Veteran Duck Hunt

On the afternoon of Wednesday, October 18, 2017, the Barker Ranch in West Richland, Washington, hosted its 10th Annual Wounded Veteran Duck Hunt to honor those that have served and sacrificed for their country.

California Asks US for $7.4 Billion for Wildfire Rebuilding via U.S. News and World Report

California Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers asked the U.S. government for $7.4 billion to help rebuild after a cluster of fires tore through the heart of wine country. Brown said the funding would go toward cleanup and programs to support housing, transportation, agriculture, environmental protection, and other services for those affected by the fires.

Puerto Rico’s Farms Were Wiped Out. Here’s How They’re Bouncing Back via National Geographic

Ingley believes strategies such as storm water management and planting deeply rooted grasses in the right places helped their farm better weather the storm, while their neighbors' farms sustained more significant damage and landslides.

Can non-federal funds bolster farm conservation needs? via Agri-Pulse

Although government agencies have funded programs to encourage soil and water conservation practices at least since the Dust Bowl, Farm Foundation President Constance Cullman suggested the need to explore private initiatives that might better leverage those public programs to make greater progress toward conservation goals.

Two invasive species threaten northern Wis. forests via WSAW

Unlike the Emerald Ash Borer, which only affects ash trees, garlic mustard and buckthorn are two invasive species that affect all trees. This means they could potentially destroy the forests in Wisconsin.

Scientists: Half of Hawaii's Coral Reefs Bleached in 2014-15 via NBC Chicago

Nearly half of Hawaii's coral reefs were bleached during heat waves in 2014 and 2015 and fisheries close to shore are declining. As for Hawaii's fish, researchers found a 90 percent decline in overall catch from the last 100 years.

Powerful lawmaker wants to ‘invalidate’ the Endangered Species Act. He’s getting close. via The Washington Post

Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) recently shepherded five bills out of the Natural Resources Committee he chairs that would dismantle the law piece by piece. Many Republicans on the panel say the proposals are necessary changes that would modernize the 1973 law. Democrats and conservationists say the bills would whittle away the law’s ability to save wildlife from extinction.

Wildfire-ravaged areas of California face elevated risk for flooding, mudslides this winter via Accuweather

Some of the most devastating fires scorched Northern California in early October, leaving behind large burn scars, or areas of scorched earth with little vegetation remaining. Areas in and surrounding these burn scars will be at a higher risk for flooding over the coming months as winter storms bring heavy rain to the region.

Alaska senator proposes drilling in Arctic refuge via The Hill

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) unveiled legislation Wednesday that would, for the first time, open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil and natural gas drilling.

Agriculture producers continue to battle armyworms via Abilene Reporter-News

Cool temperatures and wet weather created prime conditions for fall armyworms and major problems for forage producers. This has been especially hard on emerging cool-season annual forage fields.

Deal bans trap in Colorado, agency says it's not used anyway via ABC News

An agreement approved Monday between U.S. officials and environmentalists would ban the use of predator-killing cyanide traps on Colorado public lands, but a government agency said federal workers already had stopped using the devices except on the state's private lands.

Lake Carmi Pollution Triggers Call for Stricter Regulation of Dairy Farms via Seven Days

Some residents who live near Lake Carmi have joined the voices calling for stricter state regulation of agricultural operations. Those enterprises generate 85 percent of the phosphorous pollution in Lake Carmi and have contributed to algae blooms dating back to 1976.

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